Wolfram Kaiser on European populism
Wolfram Kaiser, Professor of European Studies at the University of Portsmouth, co-organized a conference on counter-narratives to European union at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany. The Centre organized a public debate in the evening, which is now accessible online, about the politics of populism and global cooperation. In his statement and replies to questions from the chair and the floor, Kaiser pointed out the dangers of a collusion of right-wing and left-wing populism endangering transnational cooperation, both in Europe and across the world. While left-wing populism usually focusses on the threats of migration and trade on the jobs and well-being of the local population, right-wing populism highlights alleged threat to prevailing identities and cultures. However, both often have similar damaging impact on organized forms of cooperation, as in the case of Brexit and cooperation in the European Union, for example.